Traumatic Birth Support

Traumatic Birth Recovery:

Sometimes pregnancy and birth does not go the way we hope for, prepare for and or visualise it to be.  

Women and their partners can be left feeling traumatised by the pregnancy and birth experience and even the postnatal experience they have had and develop anxiety, grief for the experience they had hoped for, anger surrounding the memories they have and go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)  symptoms that they live with for quite some time before they seek help.

Studies suggest the rate of PTSD in women following childbirth is between 1.5 and 5.6%, depending on the time-point at which symptoms are measured (Wijma et al. 1997; Creedy et al. 2000; Czarnocka and Slade 2000; Ayers and Pickering 2001; Soet et al. 2003; Maggioni et al. 2006; White et al. 2006), that’s around 20,000 women a year experience birth trauma in the UK. 

Instead of enjoying the first few weeks and days of parenthood,  the experience of giving birth has been frightening. 
Perhaps the baby’s heart rate dipped, leading to an emergency procedure. 
Maybe you were or your baby suffered injuries as the result of the birth. 
Your baby was born premature and you didn’t feel prepared for their arrival, or they were admitted to special care at birth.
Maybe you felt that you weren’t well looked after in labour, or you weren’t told what to expect.

Or it was a long drawn out process and you were exhausted and scared.

Even if your birth was classed as a “Natural Normal Birth” you can feel a degree of trauma if you felt there was loss of control.
You may also experience PTSD symptoms after a loss in or after pregnancy.

How you felt at that time and perceived it is the important issue.

If something like this has happened to you, you might have felt scared that you or the baby were going to die. 

As with any other traumatic experience, a traumatic birth can lead to symptoms of PTSD: flashbacks, a sense of heightened anxiety, constantly feeling on the alert, avoiding anything that reminds you of the trauma.

Birth trauma means that it can be difficult to bond with your baby. You may find your symptoms are triggered by reminders of the birth:  hearing about pregnancy, seeing pregnant women, other babies, TV programmes and so on.

Witnessing someone else’s trauma can also be traumatic, so partners and health professionals can experience PTSD too.I provide this treatment as a One to One session, to mums, partners, and birth professionals.

With this in mind, and having had many women come to me for my Bespoke 1:1 Birth Preparation and Hypnobirthing Course following previous traumatic birth experiences and I felt the need to obtain further qualifications in this area so I am better equipped to help you.

I have recently completed a qualification in Birth Trauma Recovery involving a process called the 3 step Rewind technique, I am an Accredited 3 Step Rewind Practitioner and have signed the Code of Conduct and Ethics laid out by Alexander Heath of Heath Hypnotherapy and am on the website directory.
I am also fully insured to carry out this treatment.

This treatment is a stand alone treatment, carried out over 3 sessions here in my studio.
If you have had a baby recently, the minimum time after the birth before I can treat you is 8 weeks. 

There is no upper time limit.

During the first session I offer you a safe space to talk about how you are feeling and lead you through a  guided relaxation so you feel calm and know what it will feel like before we begin the process.
It is important you feel comfortable and relaxed before we begin the 3 step rewind process which I will do with you on Session 2. 
Session 3 is a recap and see how you are after the Rewind technique in session 2. This session is 10-14 days after session 2.

The full cost of this treatment is £120.

Follow up session at no additional charge.

Please contact me for further information.

The following is a link to an article from a dad’s perspective, he talks about how he was traumatised by the birth of his son and went on to develop PTSD and depression.